The Kerala High Court on Friday asked why the Cheranelloor Police had initially declined to register a case on the basis of a complaint by a housewife who later committed suicide over the alleged abusive posts on Facebook.
Justice N K Balakrishnan asked the Police Department to file a statement explaining their stance in the case. The court was considering the impleading applications of the victim’s father Vijayan of Thottappally and her husband Vinukuttan. Vijitha alleged that her former neighbour had abused her on Facebook. The court also allowed the father and the husband of Vijitha to implead themselves in the case.
The government pleader appearing for the police submitted that they have registered a case and started the investigation. However, the counsel for the petitioners contended that the claims made by the police are wrong. The court posted the case after one week.
The police on Friday submitted comments posted by a person on Facebook that allegedly led to the suicide of a housewife before the Ernakulam District and Principal Sessions Court. The court considered the anticipatory bail petition of Ratheesh, who allegedly posted abusive comments against Vijitha, which allegedly drove her to commit suicide.
District Government Pleader and Prosecutor P K Sajeevan submitted before the court that the comments, which were retrieved by the police during the investigation, were offensive in nature. The comments stated that Vijitha had been in relationship with some men before her marriage. The prosecutor said even after Vijitha approached the Sub-Inspector of Cheranelloor police station, he did not take any action.
Similarly when the complaint given to City Police Commissioner K G James was forwarded to the same Sub-Inspector, he did not register a case. The police also submitted the statements of relatives and people close to Vijitha.
The statement given by her father revealed that she used to come to her house at Purakkad in Alappuzha every week. But after Ratheesh posted the comments, she stopped visiting her home that frequently.